Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. This rest day is available to visit the Banff Gondola, shop in town, treat yourself to lunch or tea in the Banff Springs Hotel, or walk on the well-marked paths running beside the turquoise Bow River. Other options include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canoeing (known as the Bow River float), hiking, caving, hot springs, or fishing.
If you want to ride on your own, there is the Golden Triangle (5 hrs, 380kms) or if weather permits go east toward Calgary and swing over the Highwood Pass, Canada’s highest paved road (5 hrs, 300 kms). For those interested in a longer day, one can ride to the world-famous Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller (6 hrs, 520 kms).